Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite Flash

Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite Flash

Great Flash
, 19/12/2014

This flash was well worth the money I spent on it over purchasing one of the cheaper ones. I'm not an advanced photographer but I am learning. I've also bought the ST-E3-RT which compliments this flash making getting the flash OFF the camera and into a place which is actually useful a breeze. Everything is controllable from your camera (if you have a compatible camera), even wirelessly, and the ETTL-II seems to work pretty well generally. I just wish I could afford more of them.

Pros: Easy to use, Build quality, Screen size
Cons: Complicated, Bulky
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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SIRIX Solar Power Bank

SIRIX Solar Power Bank

Great little unit, versatile and very practical.
, 17/12/2014

The unit comes already fully charged. It holds enough power to charge 2 normal smartphone batteries (but only 1 Samsung note battery).
Charging the pack from the mains power is easy and fast. Charging from sun, however is an entirely different matter. It takes a full day to charge 1 bar on this power bank,( out of a possible 4 bars) 2 full days for 2 bars and then it doesn't matter how long (weeks even) you leave it - it will not charge past 2 bars from sun's energy. So, don't rely on the solar aspect as it is not efficient. Considering the fact it can charge 2 phones from full this is good value for money but the blurb says it can do 2 phones simultaneously and it has 2 USB ports for this purpose - BUT - it actually only will charge 1 at a time - even if both are plugged in to it - so don't rely on that either. Overall, it is lightweight, sturdy and will last days of hiking and hold enough charge for 2 re-charges but make sure it is fully charged before you go & hang on pack so it can grab any solar light to maintain full charge. I would recommend it as a power bank but not as a solar power bank as I think it has a ways to go before it could be relied upon for this.

Pros: Easy to use, Compact, Build quality, Battery life
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Vanguard Espod CX204 AGH Tripod

Vanguard Espod CX204 AGH Tripod

Excellent Value
, 16/12/2014

For $70, this is an excellent, light and versatile little tripod. The ball head is relatively easy to loosen/tighten allowing you to get a level camera easily. Then you can rotate the camera horizontally using the pan feature. It is pretty lightweight however so don't go expecting to put a telephoto lens on it in some wind and not get some movement. In fact if you give the tripod a knock, you can expect a couple of seconds before the vibrations damp down (when fully extended). The thumb wheel is a little 'sticky' in it's movement - but they're my only criticisms and pretty moot at this price range. Center column slides straight up or down and is secured by a locking screw. If it was a bit more sturdy and smooth in it's action that would be fantastic - but then I would expect to pay a couple hundred bucks for it. As it is, I'm very happy with it for the price and I think the design is absolutely brilliant.

Pros: Easy to use, Compact
Cons: Build quality
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Canon Selphy CP910 Black

Canon Selphy CP910 Black

Ideal for filling travel diaries on the go...
, 12/12/2014

We simply had to get the CP910!!! Our stalwart CP760 has been to farm-stays, national parks, surfside apartments, hey, its been to Italy, Greece and Portugal too! Everyone wants to use it... even those with smart phones... :-( So we just had to get one with "wireless"- Its easy for casual users to connect and use. Remember the phone App is not "Photoshop" - its basic... so if you have five photos of the same group it helps to know beforehand in which one the third lady from the right is not blinking!!!

Pros: Easy to use, Compact, Build quality
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Sony Alpha A7S Body > Compact System Camera

Sony Alpha A7S Body > Compact System Camera

A wonderful dslr for video
, Manly, 9/12/2014

Sensational picture quality with great depth, colour and resolution for video work. Works with my entire Canon lens collection via inexpensive adaptor, features such as focus peaking and zebra exposure make operation a breeze, coupled with 7 picture profiles available and switchable APS-C mode. Amazing in low light, have achieved remarkable results at 102,400 ISO. Battery life isn't great so buy spares - overall, the best camera I've ever owned (and I've had a few, video and stills)

Pros: Easy to use, Compact, Build quality, Screen size
Cons: Battery life
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Manfrotto 290 (MK294A3 + 804RC2) Tripod Kit

Manfrotto 290 (MK294A3 + 804RC2) Tripod Kit

Great product
, Perth, 5/12/2014

The Tripod is fantastic, and exactly fits the job I needed it for,
I encounted a problem while unpacking it as one of the legs was jammed. After some investigating I noticed there a thumb screw in between the leg and the body that must have lodged in there during manufacturing, and had nothing to do with the tripod. with some jiggling and a long screw driver i managed to free it, and al is now OK.

Pros: Easy to use, Build quality
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Canon Powershot SX700 HS > Digital Compact Camera

Canon Powershot SX700 HS > Digital Compact Camera

Poor Travel Camera
, Melbourne, 5/12/2014

Purchased this camera for an extended overseas trip and found the resolution and color very poor consistently over some 1,500 photos. Picture quality got progressively worse as the zoom was used.
Lack of a view finder was a major problem requiring multiple shots due to not being to see the screen because of the sun.
Would be better served to have less gimmicks and better photo quality
Camera seems to be well built but deficient in the purpose of a camera which is taking quality photos.

Pros: Compact, Build quality, Battery life, Screen size
Cons: Complicated, Screen size
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Sigma AF 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM - Canon Mount

Sigma AF 150-600mm  f5-6.3 DG OS HSM - Canon Mount

Loving the lens so far - Was able to handhold
, Bathurst, NSW, Australia, 3/12/2014

I have had this lens for a few days now. So far I am loving it. I have posted a full review on my blog with a bunch of sample images with 100% crops of Australian Wildlife.

http://www.davidromaphotography.com/blog/2014/12/sigma-150-600mm-f5-6-3-dg-os-hsm-sport---australian-hands-on-review-with-sample-shots

Pros: Build quality
Cons: Bulky
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Flinders Island Photographic Weekend with Ric Wallis

Flinders Island Photographic Weekend with Ric Wallis

I am going back
, Melbourne, 21/11/2014

I had waited 16 years to see Flinders Island. & thanks to Johnno, Craig (Teds) & especially, Ric, who was very easy to get along with, we certainly learnt all about Histograms, apart from other tips & hands on help, from Craig as well as Ric.
The accomodation, food & staff @ our delightful lodgings, were also friendly & helpful.
A fantastic trip & well worth the wait, & now I am going back again!

Pros: Easy to use
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

Excellent quality images!
, Melbourne, 10/11/2014

This was my first lens with a 400d and I have folders of photos that I treasure captured with this fab combination. It is an excellent all round lens. It does fast action, it does landscape and it does portraits all to a high standard! If you can only have one lens, then this is the one you want!

Pros: Easy to use, Compact, Build quality
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Manfrotto 290 (MK294A3 + 804RC2) Tripod Kit

Manfrotto 290 (MK294A3 + 804RC2) Tripod Kit

Quality built
, Adelaide, 9/11/2014

Quality parts put together perfectly, easy to use, solid platform for my camera and light weight, easy to carry.

Pros: Easy to use, Build quality
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Tamron SP 150-600mm f5-6.3 - Canon Mount

Tamron SP 150-600mm f5-6.3 - Canon Mount

Great Lens
, Brisbane, 3/11/2014

I have only just started using my new lens and it is great, it is nicely balanced and the tripod mount fitted to the lens is useful to hold when shooting handheld, on a tripod it is brilliant. I love being able to get closer to the subject with the 600mm reach. The more I used it the more I liked it and it became comfortable to use. Smooth zooming and the vibration control is very useful handheld. You can get a nice, pleasing bokeh effect. Image quality was great, I like the results I am getting. A great balance between price and performance. I am very pleased with the Tamron lens.

Pros: Easy to use, Build quality
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Nikon AF-S 50mm f1.4G

Nikon AF-S 50mm f1.4G

Best 50mm lens
, 3/11/2014

This is the best 50mm prime lens Nikon do and probably the best lens out there with the exception of the Sigma for image quality, but in terms of weight and compactness it can't be beaten. It's perfect for low light situations with excellent bokeh for portraits. The go to lens for everyday street photography and an ideal travel lens when weight is an issue.

Pros: Easy to use, Compact, Build quality
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Nikon Coolpix S6800 > Digital Compact Camera

Nikon Coolpix S6800 > Digital Compact Camera

Excellent camera.
, Canberra, 29/10/2014

Very happy with my purchase of Nikon S6800, easy to use, lightweight, large screen size, price, and clearness of photos.

Pros: Easy to use, Compact, Build quality, Screen size
Cons: Battery life
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Nikon D7100 Body > Digital SLR Camera

Nikon D7100 Body > Digital SLR Camera

It's Almost Perfect, can't really fault this at all !
, Perth, 29/10/2014

After using Nikon for the past +>25 years and having owned 6 of their best in that time, including recently the D90. This surpasses all before it. High praise that is well deserved.
Very Happy with it. It's Almost Perfect, can't really fault this at all !

Pros: Easy to use, Compact, Build quality, Screen size
Cons: Battery life
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Panasonic GM1

Panasonic GM1

Amazing!
, Sydney, 28/10/2014

This is such an incredible camera that I recommend everyone should get if they are beginner or otherwise! Easy to use, great image quality and you feel like a pro! Must purchase

Pros: Easy to use, Compact, Build quality, Battery life, Screen size
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Nikon D750 Body > Digital SLR Camera

Nikon D750 Body > Digital SLR Camera

Fantastic all round full frame camera. Highly Recommended
, Lalor, 27/10/2014

The Nikon D750 is an absolutely fantastic camera with exceptional performance. I have had 3 DX DSLRs in the past, last one being the D7000, and while it works well, I found critical focus was a bit hit and miss with wider apertures. Viewfinder only good for f4, had to rely on AF with mixed results or slow live view for anything wider.

I held off buying the D600 when it came out, since I AF was the same as the D7000. Was tempted to go for D810, but 36MP RAW files really slow my PC to a crawl. Main advantage is cropping, but I think D750 better for noise and 2/3 the price.

The D750 is the first camera I have used where MF at f1.4 is easy and the AF is absolutely and consistently precise. The AF doesn't disappoint even when light is low.

Low ISO noise and detail is also amazing, leaves the D7000 far behind. You really don't need VR now.

I haven't tried sports or continuous focus yet so can't comment, but a faster frame rate, bigger buffer and 4K video would of made this my dream camera. Also although it's the smallest of the Full Frame DSLRs, I'm hoping Nikon will go mirrorless in future for the larger sensors.

Tilt screen on a serious camera is a great addition, too bad it's not touch screen focus as well. Also finally got Wifi, but still GPS through expensive dongle.

The locking button on the mode dial is a simple but great design improvement. My D7000 mode dial had a nasty habit of turning when walking around.

Never had a Nikon that wasn't sturdy, so build quality is their usual high standard.

I avoided D700 no Video,
D800/D800E/D810 too bulky and expensive,
D600, D610 second rate AF,
DF no video.

Finally Nikon made the DSLR I was waiting for and while lacking a few features I would of liked, the features it has it does exceptionally well.

Also thanks to Teds for their service and competitive price. Was planning to wait 6 months before purchasing and hoping the price would drop, but didn't have to wait in the end.



Pros: Easy to use, Build quality, Screen size
Cons: Bulky
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Melbourne - Understanding Your Camera Course

Melbourne - Understanding Your Camera Course

Fantastic Day! Totally worth the time & money!
, Melboune, 24/10/2014

Glynn explained everything in simple easy steps. I started the day a total beginner. But by the end of the day am happy to go from A+ "average" to M for "magnificent"!
I would highly recommend this course to everyone!


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SanDisk Imagemate All in One Card Reader USB 3

SanDisk Imagemate All in One Card Reader USB 3

Great product, simple and robust, well priced and practical.
, GOULBURN NSW, 20/10/2014

Compact, covers full range of cards, USB 3 is fast and reliable. Sits well on desk and the vertical position makes for ease of use. Looks great too. Good price, practical bit of kit.

Pros: Easy to use, Compact, Build quality
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Flinders Island Photographic Weekend with Ric Wallis

Flinders Island Photographic Weekend with Ric Wallis

I had a great time
, 17/10/2014

I had a great time thank you, the weekend was a great photo experience for me, giving me more confidence handling my camera, especially histograms, I had read about using histograms, but having first hand tuition on it made them easier to understand.
I would recommend one of your trips to anyone interested in going further with their photography, the on hand lesson was most helpful.


Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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